Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim was hit with a nine game suspension, and the program stripped of 12 scholarships over four years. The punishment is part of sanctions issued by the NCAA after an investigation into improprieties of the basketball program.
Boeheim will not be on the bench for the first nine games of the ACC schedule for 2015-16, and the program will be on probation for five years. In addition, the team will vacate all wins from the 04-05, 05-06, 06-07, 10-11, and 11-12 seasons. The national championship won in 2003 will not be affected by the sanctions.
Syracuse self-imposed a post-season ban for this year back in February after an internal investigation. It drew criticism, as Syracuse is mired in a down year and was unlikely to earn a post-season birth in the NCAA tournament, or do any damage in the ACC Tournament. The NCAA clearly determined the violations were significant enough to warrant a much more substantial punishment for the legendary coach and the Orange program.
During the 10-year period of violations, the head basketball coach did not promote an atmosphere of compliance within his program and did not monitor the activities of those who reported to him as they related to academics and booster involvement. Although the head basketball coach cited NCAA rules meetings with compliance staff and other initiatives, he operated under assumptions and did not follow up with his staff and students to ensure compliance. Many of the violations occurred in the program and involved his students and staff. Additionally, many of the academic violations stemmed from his director of basketball operations, who the head basketball coach handpicked to address academic matters in the program.
Syracuse also released as statement:
“The University is considering whether it will appeal certain portions of the decision. Coach Boeheim may choose to appeal the portions of the decision that impact him personally. Should he decide to do so, we would support him in this step.”
The Syracuse punishment is another major black mark on an ACC program. Louisville guard Chris Jones was dismissed from the team after being charged with rape and sodomy, while Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon was kicked off the team after allegations of sexual assault surfaced.